I've always been a big videogame fan, playing games back as far as the early 1980's, and so I'm pretty aware of the Rockstar Games library, but really didn't know much of the company's history. This book is very good as far as telling that story. The problem is though... it's not really THAT interesting a story, and by all accounts the principals in this story are basically jerks. Oh well, it was informative if not enjoyable.
I'm enjoyed this sooo much. In fact I was really sad when it was over because I wanted MUCH MORE. A great history of how the Star Trek tv series got off the ground. Stories about all the cast plus the crew and creative team. I need more!
At first when I started this series, I didn't expect much. Just some cute stories about cats, and oh by the way, a murder mystery thrown in there, was my expectation. But no, it's actually just the opposite. Very compelling murder mystery stories that oh by the way just happen to feature cats and a cat loving woman.
I'm definitely hooked and look forward to listening to the other books in the series.
Don't bother with this book. The stories in it are awful, and the bit about ufo's wasn't even a story really, more of a dissertation.
I've been reading/audio-booking a lot of short stories lately, and most of them have admittedly been pretty awful. Not these though. Really good little bite sized stories. I can't say I cared for the reader much though. His voices sound like they would be more appropriate for muppets or seasame street rather than a sci-fi novel. Oh well, I still enjoyed them.
Patterson book have been a guilty pleasure for a while for me, and I really like the "Private" series. This one measures up really well with the rest of the books. Good story, likeable characters. I enjoyed this book.
C'mon, why write a story that is already a cliche? Seriously, from the first couple of minutes into the book, you know everything that will happen. To do a story like this, you have to infuse it with something new. Bad, bad bad.
I enjoyed the book overall and am glad that I got it. The two stories that it reminds me of the most are the tv show "Lost", and the movie "No Escape", where it's part survival story, and part inexplicable "things are not as they seem", messing with your mind, kind of story.
The reader was really good, it's got plenty of action, and the story moves right along at a good pace. The thing I didn't like about it though, was that it seemed like throughout the story I kept feeling like the characters were all doing ridiculously stupid things, and that the storyteller didn't even realize that they were doing stupid things. Which also made it difficult to identify with some of these characters who were clearly written to be likeable.
So overall, I find the book to be kind of mediocre, but still generally likeable book.
I am a very big fan of John Carpenter's, and my favorite movie of his is "The Thing". I had no idea this was based on an "ancient tomb" (this book) though. So this was a special treat for me.
The story is actually very close to John Carpenters "The Thing". The book delves a little more into the philosophical issues and such, whereas the movie has a few more exciting action sequences. The ending is also slightly different (I like the movie's ending better).
Still,this was a very fun listen, and the reader was brilliant in the role.
First, the book itself is misleading in that if it were being truthful, instead of a picture of a cat and a dog (which really had nothing to do with the story other than "cameo" appearances), the cover would show a bunch of 80 year old ladies squabbling about money.
The book is a "whodunnit", about elderly southern belles who are trying to off one another for a larger piece of inheritance. The book has an extremely slow, plodding pace, no characters that I can really identify with, and also no ending. The book just kind of ends with very few things tied up, and us not really understanding what the killer's motivation was (or even for certain who did the murders, there was just an accusation). Awful, awful book.
I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but I'm glad that I got it because it surprised me how good it was! It's a slightly light-hearted time travel story, with lots of interesting twists. It's a really good story, but at the same time doesn't take itself too seriously. I also really enjoyed the reader who added a lot to the experience and was perfect for this part.
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